Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Fort Washington Park?
The park is at the end of Fort Washington Road. Fort Washington Road is off Route 210 Indian Head Highway. From Route 95- Take Route 210 South to Fort Washington Road. Take a right on Fort Washington Road and proced to park entrance.
Is there a cost to get into the park?
Yes the park charges a $ 3 walk in fee , and a $5 vehicle entrance fee. A yearly pass to Fort Washington Park is available for $20. Please remember that fees collected help many different park projects. The park honors the National Park Pass, Golden Eagle Pass, Golden Age Pass, and the Golden Access Pass.
Where are the bathrooms in the park?
There are bathrooms located in the picnic areas. There is a bathroom located on the right hand side of the road leading to the visitor center and fort parking area. There is also a bathroom located in the visitor center. There is a bathroom located in the lower parking area (parking area for fisherman).
When is the fort open?
The fort is open 9:00 - 5:00 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The fort is open from 9:00 -4:30 from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
Can I tour the fort? Yes, there are tours available. Please stop by the visitors center to inquire about a tour from park personnel. Large groups, please call ahead.
How do I reserve a picnic area? Please call us at 301-763-4600.
Is there a lighthouse located in the park? Yes ,the Fort Washington lighthouse is located near the Potomac River on park property.
Did You Know?
In 1844, President John Tyler was almost killed on the river near Fort Washington, when an experimental cannon exploded aboard the USS Princeton. Six were killed(including Secretary of State Abel Upshaw & Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer) , 20 were injured. The accident prompted Thomas Jackson Rodman to develop a new way of casting artillery and the creation of the 15inch Rodman Gun, like the ones that can be seen at Fort Foote.